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Ladhak with Sri Nagar 

Overview

Overview

Ladhak has stunning monasteries, stupendous mountains, stupas, and high altitude lakes. Ladhak has everything to give you a perfect holiday destination in the heart of the Indian Himalayas.



Trip Highlights

  • Pangong Lake
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Magnetic Hill Ladhak

  • Himalaya Mountain Range



ITINERARY - 11 Days

A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival at the International airport and take you to your hotel. Delhi, India’s capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world’s largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterizes 21st-century metropolis.

Overnight stay will be in Delhi.

By air

On arrival at Leh airport, our representative will assist in your hotel check-in.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Leh is the capital of Ladakh. The wide, scenic approach roads to Leh with breath-taking (literally, because of the altitude) makes it a biker’s dream destination. Most places in this small Buddhist town are easily accessible on foot. The old town in Leh is a small area of mud-brick houses and narrow lanes. Leh is a haven for adventure lovers as well as the house of rich culture and nature’s beauty.

Leh’s elevation is approximately 3555 meters (11,490 feet) and acclimatization is highly essential. Please take plenty of rest on the first day and gradually get your body used to the high altitude by taking leisurely evening strolls in the market area.

Overnight stay will be at Leh.

After breakfast, proceed to Chang La, the third-highest pass in the world. An army check-post and teahouse will greet you as you pass. The tea is free and welcome in the biting cold.

Continue to Pangong after the bracing brew.

  • Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso (Tso: Ladakhi for lake) is a high altitude brackish/saltwater lake situated in the Himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft). This lake has spread in India as well as China, as one-third of the lake lies in India and the rest two-thirds of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point.

Stay overnight in a luxurious camp adjacent to the Pangong Lake

Visit Hemis, Thiksey and Stok Gompas en route

Drive back to Leh after breakfast. Enroute see Hemis & Thiksey monasteries as well as Stok Palace.

  • Thikse monastery: The imposing Thikse monastery on a hilltop is about 20 km from Leh and is one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. Of the
  • Gelukpa order, Thikse was founded by Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherb Zangpo. This monastery has 12 floors that contain numerous statues, stupas, thankas, swords, wall paintings, and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen. The successive reincarnations of the Kyabje Jampa Rinpoche, act as in charge of the monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15-meter tall statue of seated Buddha. Every year in December Thiksey Gustor (festival) is celebrated.

  • Hemis Monastery: Hemis Monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh and was built in 1630. It belongs to the red sect, Brokpa. It is 45 km away from Leh. Impressive and intriguing, Hemis is different from the other important monasteries of Ladakh. The annual festival, commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is celebrated in the courtyard of the monastery for two days in June or July. This festival is celebrated with traditional dance forms where you will see the performers in bright and colorful costumes. It also organizes the annual 'bazaar' where Ladakhis from remote areas buy and sell goods.

  • Stok Monastery: Stok Monastery or Stok Gompa is a Buddhist monastery is situated 15 km away from Leh. It was founded by Lama Lhanang Lotus in the 14th Century and has a notable library including all 108 volumes of the Kangyur. It was used for some time as a residence by the Ladakhi royalty. A ritual dance-mask festival is held annually.

Overnight stay will be at Leh.

The following places are the famous Ladhak tourist places.

  • Leh Palace: The nine-story tall Leh Palace was constructed in the 17th century. The palace has a wonderful collection of Thangka paintings, ceremonial dresses, and jewelry and offers fabulous views of the Zanskar range beyond. Today this palace is restored by the archaeological survey of India.

  • The Hall of Fame Museum: The Hall of Fame Museum near Leh constructed by the Indian army displays memorabilia, eminent biographies, images and weapons used during the Kargil war. One of the sections of this museum is dedicated to Siachen and its heroes.

  • Shanti Stupa: In 1985, Dalai Lama inaugurated the Japanese-built Shanti Stupa that is located at Changspa. Its artistic work attracts a lot of tourism to Ladakh. The Shanti Stupa can be reached on foot by climbing 500 steps or via car also. You will enjoy the panoramic view of the chain of mountains and the peaceful little village of Changspa with typical Ladakhi houses built along a gushing stream, and the towering Namgyal Tsemo in the distance.

In the evening you can visit the local markets.

Overnight stay will be at Leh

Have breakfast and proceed to Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley is renowned for its natural beauty. The name of the valley is derived from the Nubra River.

  • Diskit Monastery: Diskit Monastery, also known as Deskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhists. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey Gompa.

  • Hundur Monastery: Hundur Monastery, otherwise known as Hundu Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery that can be seen near a bridge below the main road to the Nubra Valley. The village of Hundur, where the monastery stands, is the farthest point till which tourists are allowed to venture in this part of Nubra valley.

Enjoy camel rides on pristine white sand in this cold desert. You can also do some local home visits to get a real flavor of the region

Overnight stay in a camp.

Drive back to Leh after breakfast. Spend a leisurely afternoon and evening exploring Leh.

Overnight stay will be in Leh.

Proceed to Shergol after breakfast. Enroute see the confluence of Zanskar & Indus Rivers.

  • Magnetic Hill: Defying the Law of gravity, Magnetic Hill is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.

  • Gurdwara Patthar Sahib: The Shrine known as Gurdwara Patthar Sahib is built in the everlasting memory of Shri Guru Nanak Dev, the great prophet who sanctified the place by his sacred visit during the year 1517. The Guru reached here via Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Yarkand and Leh after having spiritual discourses with the Sidhas at Mount Sumer (Central Himalayas).

  • Lamayuru monastery: Lamayuru monastery is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region.

  • Alchi Gompa: Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District.

  • Likir Monastery: Likir Monastery as mentioned in the Ladakhi chronicles is built by King Lachen Gyalpo. The name Likir means "The Naga - Encircled", representing the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas ‘Nanda and Taksako’.

Overnight stay will be in Shergol

Visit Kargil en route

After breakfast, proceed to Kargil. Kargil once served as an important trade and transit center in the Pan-Asian trade network for the trade of silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory etc. between India, China, Tibet, and Yarkand. Dras is a city in the Kargil district and is 'The Gateway to Ladakh'. The town came into limelight after the Kargil war.

Continue to Srinagar.

Srinagar is the largest city and the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is famous for its houseboats, canals, and Mughal gardens. Srinagar has a unique charm because of its lakes and Jhelum river that flows through a part of the city.

Overnight stay will be in Srinagar.

By Air

Have breakfast and proceed for a boat ride in the morning on Dal Lake, an icon of Kashmir. A Himalayan urban lake has five basins and a number of channels that are well linked with each other. There are plenty of fishes in Dal Lake and fishery is the second-largest business of this region.

Reach the airport by late afternoon.

Overnight stay will be in Delhi.

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Your day is free to spend as you please. Later you will be driven to the airport for your flight home.



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